Egypt Elections Expose Divisions in Muslim Brotherhood
|Tuesday, June 21,2011 01:36|
Western media has always been fascinated by the theory of “divisions within the Brotherhood” with every difference in opinion within the organization comes to public attention, and this time is no exception.
An article by the NYT regarding the decision by Dr. Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh to run as an independent in the presidential elections in defiance of the MB Shura Council's unanimous descion not to compete this time around to give priority to national unity and focus on more attention to the grassroot activities. As a result, Dr. Aboul Fotouh was stripped of his membership in the MB- a normal process by any viable organization to ensure discipline and integrity within its ranks.
Political pundits would like to interpret this as a sign of division within the organization and its eminent collapse, not simply a sign of the MB organizational strength and health, which allows even senior members to freely express their opinions publicly and make their decisions as long as they’re aware of administrative consequences.
What political pundits and observers often fail to "analyze" is that the strength and resilience of the MB lie in the steadfastness and discipline of its members, not simply their numbers.